loop trail  Gimillan - Ecloseur - Gimillan


Loop snowshoe trail above the beautiful glacial terrace of Gimillan, in the municipality of Cogne. The destination of the excursion is the mountain pasture of Ecloseur (1.903 masl), on the valley floor of the valley of Grauson, site of Natura 2000 for its nature beauties. From here, we go back to the starting point walking on the trail running up to Pian della Cretetta (1.950 masl), where you can enjoy a breathtaking view on the massif of Gran Paradiso. During the hike, we discover the winter aspect of mountains, we look for the footprints left by the inhabitants of the wood on the snow, we explain the adaptation strategies of animals and plants to cold winter weather and we give you the tools to learn how to move safely in a winter environment: excursion planning, basics of snow science, field study of avalanches.


 In short:

  • Estimated journey time: about 4 hours (lunch stop included)

  • Meeting point and time:  10.00 a.m. at the car park opposite to the cemetery of Cogne

  • Elevation gain:  about 200 m

  • Length: about 4,5 km

  • Kind of activity: group snowshoeing with hiking guide

  • Altitude of the highest point of the trek: 1.988 masl (Ecloseur)

  • Terrain characteristics: the itinerary follows the summer trail.  The trail is very easy, with no technical difficulties,  suitable for people new to snowshoeing.

  • Minimum number of participants to this excursion: 5



Scheduled hikes:


See the snowshoeing calendar on the homepage of this site; it is updated every month.

The booking must be submitted within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen.



Difficulty of the snowshoe hike:


WT1 (easy snowshoe hike), according to S.A.C. (Swiss Alpine Club) rating scale. See the subsection Technical difficulties

Minimum level of fitness and health is required. Consider a minimum of workout before the departure.


Minimum age: 8 years



N.B.: the times indicated in the technical sheet refer to summer hikes and do not take into account the greater difficulties for average hikers to walk on snow.

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The programme of the tour may be modified for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad snow and weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.) The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary according to snow and weather conditions or for the safety of the group.

 Cost per person:  20 € including the hire of snowshoes and trekking poles


The enrolment fee includes: 

  • The support of an Aosta Valley hiking guide throughout the excursion

  • A third-party liability insurance for accidents due to the negligent behaviour of the guide

  • snowshoes and trekking poles hire


The enrolment fee does NOT include: 

  • personal equipment and gear

  • travel costs to get to the meeting point

  • food and drinks (packed lunch)

  • anything not mentioned at “the enrolment fee includes”

  • in case of change of itinerary for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad snow and weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.) the unforeseen expenses will be charged to the participants.


Equipment list for one-day snowshoe hikes:

 Backpack of 25 litre max.


Clothes to wear: 

Hiking boots (preferably waterproof) or après-ski boots (no moon boot)

T-shirt (preferably of breathable fabric, like microfibre)

Hiking socks

Wool hat

Winter gloves


Windstopper jacket or fleece

Waterproof shell jacket

Mountain trousers (or ski suit)

Ski tights (to wear in colder months, if necessary)


Inside the backpack: 

Spare t-shirt

Water bottle/thermos + snack (like cereal bars, chocolate)




Personal pharmacy kit (painkillers, compeed, aspirine)




Sign up: within the 24 hours before the start date of the hike you have chosen, by email or by phone at +39 333.7373636


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